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Gardenia, Organic
SKU: EOA00702
Our Price: $51.00
Stock: 257
Common Name: Gardenia Enfleurage; Gardenia Essential Oil; Gardenia Absolute
(some use the term Essential Oil, others call it an Absolute)
Botanical Name: Gardenia jasminoides
Origin: South America
Cultivation: Organic farmed
Method of Extraction: Enfleurage (ancient method using only organic palm oil & organic cane sugar alcohol to extract the essential oils)
Source: Flower petals
Note: Osmically balanced (contains top, middle and bottom notes) - can be worn alone as a perfume
Aroma: Rich, heady, sweet, floral
Main Natural Constituents: Benzyl acetate with phenyl acetate, linalol, linalyl acetate, terpineol, methyl anthranilate, et. al.
NOTE: These are completely natural components - nothing added or removed
Blends Well With: cinnamon leaf, citrus oils, clove bud, jasmine, neroli, rose otto, tuberose, ylang ylang
Properties: Perfume, antiseptic
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Our organic Gardenia Essential Oil is pure undiluted Gardenia Oil extracted by Enfleurage. Most Gardenia Oil is extracted by harsh chemical solvents and is therefore called an "absolute" (Gardenia Absolute). Although our Gardenia Oil is technically an absolute too, it is most rare, coming from a small grower/extractor in South America who extracts the essential oil by the ancient method of enfleurage, using only organic palm oil and organic alcohol derived from organic sugar cane. The entire process of extracting the gardenia oil it done by hand using no heat and no harsh chemical solvents. Pure local organic palm oil is used to absorb the aromatic oils from the gardenia flower petals and once the palm oil is completely saturated with the essence of the gardenia flower then the palm oil is separated from the Gardenia oil by cane sugar alcohol which is then evaporated to leave only the Gardenia oil. The process for producing the Gardenia Absolute by Enfleurage is quite labor intensive and requires many pounds of gardenia flower petals per ml of oil but the results are astounding. If you close your eyes and sniff the aroma of the oil, it cannot be differentiated from the actual gardenia flower.

More Info: Gardenia jasminoides was first introduced to the Western world from Cape Colony in Africa, and its name comes from the fact that the aroma of its large white flowers was said to be very like the scent of jasmine.

Gardenia essential oil / gardenia absolute is one of the most precious oils in the world and known for its heavenly aroma and fragrance. During the extraction process, fresh, fully opened flowers are plucked from the Gardenia plant and carefully laid on trays covered with a layer of palm oil. The essential oils from the flower petals slowly migrate to the palm oil and the process is repeated until the palm oil is completely saturated with the oil of the Gardenia. Then the Gardenia oil is separated from the palm oil by alcohol which then evaporated leaving only the pure Gardenia oil, i.e., Gardenia Essential Oil / Gardenia Absolute.

Gardenia oil cannot be distilled like most essential oils due to the delicate nature of the flowers. Enfleurage was the traditional method of extraction used in the 18th and 19th centuries and into the early 20th century but solvent extraction using hexane has virtually replaced enfleurage, except, of course, for our own Gardenia Absolute. Solvent extracted Gardenia oil, called an "absolute", is used extensively by the perfume industry but, again, not by us (no chemicals other than organic alcohol) are used to extract the Gardenia Oil that we sell). Either method (enfleurage or solvent extraction) is time consuming and oil yields are quite small for the amount of materials used. Now, the most commonly found Gardenia used by the perfume industry is entirely synthetic and has no healing properties whatsoever. Natural gardenia perfume is often enjoyed as a single-flower oil since the rich, warm, heady floral aroma produced from the flowers is considered osmically balanced (like Carnation and Lavender). which means that their floral compounds are perfectly balanced, containing a top, middle, and base note.

The Gardenia jasminoides species is the most common of these fragile plants and material from dried Gardenia flower petals is commonly used in Chinese herbal medicine. Its Chinese name is zhi zi. The traditional medicinal actions attributed to gardenia include calming irritability; cooling blood and clearing away heat (a yin/yang imbalance often characterized by deficient yin); reducing swelling; and moving stagnant blood that has congealed in one place, usually following trauma. Gardenia is considered to be very effective as a hemostatic agent, which means that it stops bleeding; and also effective in treating injuries to the muscles, joints, and tendons. Gardenia is commonly used in Chinese herbal formulas to treat infections, particularly bladder infections; abscesses; jaundice; and blood in the urine, sputum, or stool. Because of its perceived ability to ease agitation or irritability, it is also used in formulas to treat anxiety or insomnia. It is also helpful in correcting menopausal imbalances reflected in insomnia and depression, nervous tension, headache, and dizziness.

It is important to remember that Chinese herbal medicine is based upon individual prescriptions developed for each patient and their unique symptoms. Chinese herbs should not be taken, either individually or in formulas, unless a practitioner of Chinese herbal medicine is first consulted.

The United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service phytochemical and ethnobotanical database lists Gardenia jasminoides as having specific medicinal properties. This gardenia has been found to be helpful in the treatment of pain, nose bleeds, fever, and influenza; in healing wounds and reducing swelling; and in treating mastitis, hepatitis and the hematuria that accompanies bladder infection.

Parts of the above "More Info" was derived from an online article: Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, Apr 06, 2001 by Joan Schonbeck.

Safety Considerations:
  • Do not take essential oils internally.
  • Do not apply to eyes, sensitive areas or mucous membranes.
  • Do not apply undiluted to skin (for directions on proper dilution refer to an aromatherapy text).
  • The information on this website is not intended to diagnose or prescribe.
  • Pregnant women, nursing mothers and children should not use essential oils without first consulting an appropriately trained healthcare practitioner.
  • The statements on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA.

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